Health Inequalities project -with ALLEA and KNAW

In spite of progress in health outcomes, all countries are faced with persistent differences in the health of different between socioeconomic. It has been reported that people with different socioeconomic positions have differences of 5, 10 and even more than 15 years in life expectancy.

Health inequalities are thus a major concern for both scientists and policymakers. In spite of research efforts, the causal pathways that link socioeconomic conditions with health inequalities are still under debate among scientists. This creates uncertainty about how to effectively reduce health inequalities through policy interventions.

Joint FEAM-ALLEA-KNAW Project on Health Inequalities



FEAM, together with All European Academies (ALLEA) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is working on a project aimed at reviewing existing research and striking a balance between the findings of different disciplines. A multi-disciplinary Scientific Committee comprising experts of FEAM and ALLEA academies is overseeing this project.

The project started in 2018 with a discussion paper prepared by KNAW that served as background to the international symposium on health inequalities (24 May 2018). Key researchers from different backgrounds discussed health inequalities with a view to contributing to the best scientific evidence available to inform public policy.

In 2019, the Scientific Committee on Health Inequalities will organise a series of meetings to:

  • Discuss existing scientific evidence with regard to: (1) the causal effect of a person’s socioeconomic position on health (causality); (2) what specific factors explain the relationship between socioeconomic position and health (mediation); (3) what interventions are more effective to reduce health inequalities.
  • Stimulate consensus around these topics through a draft document that will summarize the current state of scientific knowledge about health inequalities and put forward recommendations for future research and policy work.

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